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Mount Aloysius Speaker Serves Her Faith and Her Patients

CRESSON, Pa. February 1, 2016 – Mount Aloysius College invites the southern Allegheny Mountain community to meet a very special woman.   Karen Schneider, RSM, MD is a Mercy nun and a practicing emergency-room pediatrician based at Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital in Baltimore, Md.  She has been a Mercy sister for more than 30 years and physician for 20.  Her remarkable journey has taken her from a Brooklyn, NY classroom, to Yale and Johns Hopkins Medical School, and now to tropical jungles and remote villages around the world.  On Thursday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Schneider, RSM will give the Mount Aloysius College Spring 2016 Moral Choices Lecture in historic Alumni Hall.  Her message will be another facet in the College’s yearlong exploration of Voice.  There is no cost to attend her lecture.

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Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley credits his wife, Michele Foley, for arranging Dr. Schneider’s visit.  Mrs. Foley became a Mercy lay associate during a recent vacation to Ireland, where she spent a week at the Mercy International Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.  “Each year,” said President Foley, “the learning community of Mount Aloysius College explores a theme and invites the community to join us.  Beginning in 2011-2012 with an exploration of The Role of the University in Civil Discourse, our themes continued apace with journeys into Citizenship in the 21st Century-The Common Good, Hospitality-Finding Home in a Changing World, and The Good Life.  So far this academic year we have discovered various aspects of Voice through a roster of distinguished speakers.  We have heard Dr. Daniel Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshal College; Mr. David Shribman, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Rev. Mark Reid, pastor of Our Lady of Archangels Church in Clarence, Pa.; and Mount Aloysius Board member Adele Kupchella—all discussing the uniquely human concept of Voice from their own vantage points.

“Karen Schneider, Mercy sister and respected physician, promises to share her journey which began with her call to a religious life, and evolved to her applying her passion for medicine to caring for the poorest among us,” added Foley.  “As a medical student she found herself single-handedly managing a malaria epidemic in a remote village in Guyana.   Struck by how small interventions — things we take for granted like clean water, hygiene and basic health education — can mean the difference of life or death, she has traveled and cared for people in some of the most desperate corners of the earth.  Her voice is unique and her journey is both dramatic and truly inspirational.  We invite the entire community to join us for her discussion.”

Sr. Karen Schneider, MD grew up in Lynbrook, Long Island, N.Y.  She graduated from Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY in 1984.  Twelve years later she graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical School after teaching in Brooklyn, NY.  Sr. Schneider completed a pediatric residency at Yale University and then a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins. She continues her mission, working with Doctors Without Borders and her own initiative, the Mercy Medical Mission.  In the past two years she has become acquainted with students from Mount Aloysius College at Mercy International Headquarters, Dublin, Ireland, and during mission trips to Guyana during the students’ semester breaks.  Through her Mercy Medical Mission she builds 10 weeks of travel into her schedule, recruiting resident physicians to assist her.  In addition to medical mission work in Guyana, her team also travels to Peru, Haiti and Guatemala.  To fund her Mercy Medical Mission efforts, Sister Karen depends on donations, most of them from her religious connections. 

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Mount Aloysius Students Commemorate MLK Week Through Service

CRESSON, Pa. January 12, 2016 – Mount Aloysius College plans to honor the spirit and humanity of the late Dr. Martin Luther King during an entire week of service throughout the Cresson community.  The Mount Aloysius College commemoration of MLK Week, January 18th through January 22nd, will provide a win-win experience for college students and 10 participating community partners.

Christina Koren, executive director of mission integration and community engagement said, “Our goal is to reach out to our community in service, demonstrating the spirit embodied by Dr. King lived during his life. Student will use social media—Facebook and Twitter—to coordinate their work throughout the week.”

Mount Aloysius College students will serve the Sheetz Recycling Center in Cresson, the Cresson Food Pantry, Cambria Alliance Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 2nd St. and Laurel Ave.; the SVDP Thrift Store located at Ashcroft Avenue and 1st Alley; the National Park Services at Locust and Cathedral Avenue; the Cresson Public Library at 3rd Street and Laurel Avenue; All Saints Catholic School located at Back Street and Powell Avenue; Penn Cambria School, at 6th St. and Linden Avenue; the Cresson Volunteer Fire Company at 223 Ashcroft Avenue; and the Cresson Borough Police Department, located at 631 2nd St, Suite 1004.

Ms. Koren explained that student clubs, classes, and residence halls will also serve the local community as helper-teams.  “It is one more way for our students to become familiar with the local Cresson community,” she said, “and for the community to become familiar with their student neighbors.  Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley will also participate in community service, working shoulder-to-shoulder with Mountie students.”

In addition to the service efforts, the film, “He Named Me Malala” will be shown to the campus community at 4:00 p.m. in the College’s Wolf-Kuhn Gallery on the first floor of the Main Building. 

Throughout the week, the public is invited to donate gently used clothing for Saint Vincent DePaul.  Drop-off for the weeklong clothing drive will be located in the Lobby of Cosgrave Student Center. Questions can be directed to Jenn Kush, coordinator of the weeklong events at 814-886-6546. 

During the past year, Mount Aloysius students have completed 15,500 hours of service.  Their service hours were spent on 350 service projects working with 214 different community partners.  Projects were varied and included an international effort helping local Carmelite sisters in Loretto load a sea-going container for Project Haiti.  Local activities included helping out in Ebensburg at PotatoFest, Cresson’s Heritage Days, Hollidaysburg’s Pumpkin Festival, and organizing a Safe Trick-or-Treat project.  

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Mount Aloysius College Names New Nursing Dean

CRESSON, Pa. January 5, 2016 – Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley has announced that after an extensive national search, Cynthia R. King, PhD, NP, MSN, RN, CNL, FAAN has been chosen to lead the College’s Nursing Division starting January 4, 2016. Dr. King will lead one of the largest nursing programs in the Commonwealth with over 100 students taking the NCLEX exam in any given year.  She will be welcomed by Mount Aloysius College’s fifth consecutive nursing class to have achieved greater than a 90 percent pass-rate on the state NCLEX exams—one of the highest rates over that time among almost 100 such programs in Pennsylvania. 

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Dr. King will bring proven leadership and broad experience in a variety of areas to Mount Aloysius.  Her diverse range of experience in professional nursing and other areas of healthcare include scholarship, education, research, administration, and consulting.  Dr. King has initiated clinical research projects, and served both nationally and internationally as an author, editor, and speaker/presenter.  King has been recognized for her achievements by being inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), perhaps the highest honor in the nursing profession.  She has written, presented and conducted research in the areas of quality of life work, oncology, bone marrow transplantation, pain management, spirituality and ethics.

“Dr. Cyndy King has excelled as a caregiver, a manager, a researcher, author, and as an educator,” said Mount Aloysius President Foley.  “Her contributions to the healthcare field include research and writing that encompass a diverse field of endeavor including nursing quality, palliative care, oncology, education, ethics and much more.  She is an educator and leader with an impressive array of experiences and accomplishments.  We are very excited to have her lead the Mount Aloysius College Nursing Division as we continue to serve the needs of our students and of our regional medical community.

“Our College community was very impressed by the diversity and the depth of Dr. King’s accomplishment s in the fields of nursing and health science,” added President Foley.  “We believe she is a perfect match for Mount Aloysius at this point in the history and evolution of our nursing program.”

Dr. Cyndy King earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.  She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Creighton University and has since earned the Creighton School of Nursing’s Alumni Merit Award.

Dr. King graduated with a master of science in nursing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She completed an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program in 1994 from the University of Rochester School of Nursing.  She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Rochester in 1999.

King has conducted a series of research projects focusing on issues surrounding quality of life and bone marrow transplantation.  She has published numerous articles and abstracts in the area of oncology nursing, and delivered a variety of presentations nationally and internationally.  King received the 1998 Quality of Life Award given by the Oncology Nursing Society and Pharmacia-Upjohn. This award is the highest honor given by the 26,000-member Oncology Nursing Society.

Dr. King was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Nursing, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, England, 2011-2013.  Her editorship has shaped such prestigious publications as Oncology Nursing Forum, the Journal of Nursing Care and Quality, and the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.  Her professional bibliography lists nearly 75 scholarly articles on a variety of topics.  She has been called upon to speak and present her finding at over 100 occasions, nationally and internationally.

Throughout her career, Dr. King held been associated with numerous professional organizations including the Clinical Nurse Leader Association and the National Oncology Nursing Society. She has also been affiliated with the Piedmont Triad Chapter of Oncology Nursing Society; the Southern Nursing Research Society; the North Carolina Nurses Association; the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society; the American Society of Pain Management, the Nurses Research Committee, and the Interfaith Center for Spirituality in Health Care, School of Nursing, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.

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Mount Aloysius College Marks Hunger and Homelessness Week

CRESSON, Pa. November 13, 2015 – Intrepid Mount Aloysius College students will be sleeping out in the cold overnight on Monday, November 16th in solidarity with the world’s millions of homeless.  This Sleep Out event will kick off the College’s annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week scheduled for November 16th through the 20th.  The Sleep Out will take place in the College’s Ihmsen Hall Breezeway.  The Mount Aloysius Hunger and Homeless Week is sponsored by the College’s Campus Ministry and Community Outreach Department, the Social Action Leadership Team, and the Guyana Mission 2016 Team.

Throughout the week, the entire Mount Aloysius College community will dispose of pocket change for a great cause.  “Change for Change” will be collected in the Cosgrave Student Center and St. Gertrude Residence Hall.  The collected funds will benefit Habitat for Humanity-Guyana.

Reversing the word order of fast-food; Mount Aloysius students will participate in a Food Fast on November 18th and 19th.  Mirroring the stark reality of 1 billion people world-wide struggling each day with hunger, the 24-hour event will also engage participants in prayer and meditation about the pressing issue of world hunger.  The event, called Enough?, will begin at 3:30 p.m., November 18th in the College’s Campus Ministry Hospitality Center, located in the historic Main Building.

On November 19th The Mount Aloysius Oxfam America Hunger Banquet will be held 7:00 p.m. in the Wolf-Kuhn Art Gallery.  This memorable, interactive event brings issues of hunger and poverty versus prosperity and wealth into focus for all participants each year.

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Mount Aloysius Again Named College of Distinction

CRESSON, Pa. October 19, 2015 – Mount Aloysius College has received notification that it has been named a “College of Distinction” for the 2015-2016 academic year.   College of Distinction recognition is reserved for colleges and universities that excel in “student-focused” education.  This citation of excellence allows Mount Aloysius to be featured on CollegesofDistinction.com, a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for excellence in higher education.  Colleges and universities are nominated for Colleges of Distinction recognition by high school counselor recommendations and quantitative research.

Nominated by high school counselors, colleges are then assessed using four criteria.  The four area of review are: Engaged Students – the college creates an environment which encourages students to speak up and challenge the status quo; Excellent Teaching–the college’s faculty fosters new ways of thinking; Vibrant Community–students are exposed to community- and career-oriented learning experiences and internships; and, Successful Outcomes–the college prepares students with a portfolio for a successful career upon graduation.  Colleges featured on CollegesofDistinction.com must meet standards in each of these four categories.

Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley congratulated the College’s faculty and staff whose efforts brought about the College of Distinction designation.  “Being named a College of Distinction once again ratifies a total effort and a commitment to excel,” said President Foley.  “We are proud of the award and mindful that the work of many people must come together to make this happen.

“At Mount Aloysius College we are committed to our Campus Compact—graduating students who are job-ready, community-ready and technology-ready,” added Foley.  “This outlines a campus–wide effort to graduate men and women who—through a focus on self-less service and giving back, are community-ready; by exposing students to real-life clinical experiences in the health sciences, and quality internships in all other areas, are job-ready; and finally, by our continuous investments in cutting-edge digital infrastructure on campus, and making sure that our students are competent in its use, they graduate technology-ready.  These criteria are interdependent and reflect the total culture of Mount Aloysius College,” Foley said.

The Mount Aloysius president noted that behind each of the four points of excellence cited by the Colleges of Distinction is a constellation of detail.  “The planning involved in keeping our 193-acre campus, safe, secure and well-maintained is significant.  Our faculty diligently creates rigorous academic value as they prepare Mount Aloysius College students for tomorrow’s workforce.   Keeping a diverse student body focused on academics, community service, athletics and wholesome cultural outlets takes passion, energy and care.  And finally,” he added, “for the commitment of our all-volunteer board of trustees who devote time, experience and even treasure—we are enormously grateful.   I think this recognition of Mount Aloysius College as a “College of Distinction” will make over 2500 MAC students and nearly 16,000 graduates world-wide very proud of their choice.”

Mr. Frank Crouse, vice president of enrollment management noted that students and their parents continue to recognize Mount Aloysius College as a welcoming academic home.  “Students of all ages recognize Mount Aloysius as a great and welcoming learning environment, offering solid academics and a dynamic campus life,” he said.  “With over 70 majors, 14 NCAA Division III athletic programs and scores of student-run clubs,” added Crouse, “there is something for everyone at Mount Aloysius College.”

CollegeofDistinction.com offers dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents, and counselors.  The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities.

“While each school is one of a kind, they all share a common theme: they are all a great place to get an education,” Schritter said.

To view Mount Aloysius College’s profile or to find more information about the online guide, visit CollegeosfDistinction.com.

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Mount Aloysius Nursing Program Among Pennsylvania’s Best

CRESSON, Pa. August 25, 2015 – The Mount Aloysius College Nursing Division has been ranked by NurseJournal.org as one of the top nursing programs in Pennsylvania.  Mount Aloysius nursing students benefit from a committed faculty, patient-specific simulations utilizing a state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar nursing simulation center, and access to excellent clinical sites around the region.  Consistently over the past four years, Mount Aloysius nurses are passing the State licensure exams at exceptionally high rates—over 92 percent, or about 12 percent above the state and national averages.  These National Council Licensure Examinations (NCLEX) results reflect pass rates of nursing license test-takers.  Graduates must pass the exam in order to become licensed to practice as a registered nurse.

Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley applauded the recognition by Nurse Journal, and the exceptional performance of the Nursing Division.  “Our Nursing Division faculty are committed to our students and to the region’s healthcare,” said President Foley.  “They are experienced clinicians and educators.  The combination of a solid curriculum, modern technology, and excellent clinical partners provide Mount Aloysius nursing students the foundation they need for outstanding careers.”  Foley added, “The Nursing Division maintains close contact with the area’s healthcare employers so we can continue to prepare graduates with skills they need to enter the workforce as contributors from day one.  We are committed to preparing graduates who are job-ready, community-ready, and technology-ready.  We are proud that a significant percentage of regional nurses are graduates of Mount Aloysius.”

Mount Aloysius College’s NCLEX pass rate last fall was 92.05 percent.  The achievement places it above the state’s average pass rate of 82.82 percent. The average national pass rate for the reported time period for first-time students is 81.74 percent, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.

The mission of NurseJournal.org is to create a social community for nurses around the world where they can inform, share and educated each other.  As part of that mission, they seek out the best nursing schools in each region of the United States.

The Mount Aloysius College Nursing Division is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.  Mount Aloysius College has been continually educating nurses since 1965.

For additional information on the Mount Aloysius College Nursing Division contact the college at 888.823.2220 or visit their web site at www.mtaloy.edu.

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Mount Aloysius College Welcomes Mercy Presidential Scholars

CRESSON, Pa. April 17, 2015 – Mount Aloysius College recognized 29 Mercy Presidential Scholars and their families recently at the Mercy Presidential Scholarship Dinner held in the College’s Bertschi Center and Technology Commons.  The students, distinguished by their academic achievements, leadership and community service, earned a collective high school grade point average of 3.82 with critical reading and math SAT scores ranging between 1100-1400.  The community service component was a crucial selection criterion.  Service is a core value of Mount Aloysius College– one of 18 US colleges affiliated with the founding Religious Sisters of Mercy.  Over the past two years the Mount Aloysius College community gave back over 25,000 hours of service to the community.  The service hours exceeded $250,000 in value.  Every club on the campus has a community service component built right into the Charter.   The list of projects touches local, regional, national and international organizations.

Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley noted that the students chosen as Mercy Presidential Scholars reflect the school’s expectations for their bright future. “This year’s Mercy Presidential Scholars were chosen on the basis of their community service and their academic talents,” he said.  “At Mount Aloysius College it’s clear that character is the foundation for leadership, academic success and a deepening commitment to their community.  We look forward to their future contributions at Mount Aloysius College,” he added.

Frank Crouse, vice president for enrollment management welcomed the group of Mercy Scholars, their parents, faculty and staff. “Of the many students competing for recognition as a Mercy Presidential Scholar,” he said, “these young men and women best exemplify the values and goals of Mount Aloysius College.  We are very glad to have them here.”

The College’s Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions hosted the event to recognize prospective students who demonstrate solid academics and a commitment to home, school and community.  The new Mount Aloysius College Mercy Presidential Scholars, their majors and hometown follow:

Peace Ani – Nursing 2+2 – Western School of Technology & Environmental Science (Baltimore, Md.);

Sydney Barger – Medical Imaging 2+2 – Altoona Area High School (Altoona, Pa.);

Keriann Black—Pharmacy 3-3—Christian Life Academy (Oil City, Pa.);

Jessica Bressler—Medical Imaging 2+2—Bald Eagle Area High School (Julian, Pa.);

Sydney Brown –History/Political Science—Davison High School (Davison, MI);

David Cain—Physician Assistant 3-2—Bedford High School (Everett, Pa.);

Lucy Craig—Osteopathic Medicine 4-4—Watkins Glen High School (Rock Stream, NY);

Jenna Deemer—Nursing 2+2—Saint Marys Area High School (Weedville, Pa.);

Madison Detwiler—Undecided—Williamsburg Community High School (Williamsburg, Pa.);

Savannah Doane—Accounting—Lee-Davis High School (Mechanicsville, Va.);

Logan Flick—Nursing 2+2—Somerset Area High School (Friedens, Pa.);

Natalie Folton—Professional Studies - Ultrasound—North Star High School (Boswell, Pa.);

Jordan Gebhart—Nursing 2+2—Red Lion Area High School  (Red Lion, Pa.);

Teresa Goc—American Sign Language/English Interpreting—York Catholic High School (York, Pa.);

Emily Goldyn—Criminology—Forest Hills High School (Portage, Pa.);

Nicholas Goldyn—History/Political Science – Secondary Education—Forest Hills High School (Portage, Pa.);

Grace Grata—Nursing 2+2—Central Cambria High School (Ebensburg, Pa.);

Trenton Hoag—Pre-Law—Derry Area High School (Blairsville, Pa.);

Brittany Hubler—Nursing 2+2—Clearfield Area High School (Clearfield, Pa.);

Seth Hull—Criminology—Bishop Carroll High School (Johnstown, Pa.);

Aaron Mogle—Nursing 2+2—Bellwood-Antis High School (Tyrone, Pa.);

Jordan Morrison—American Sign Language/English Interpreting—Avon Grove Charter School (Oxford, Pa.);

Theresa Muir—Medical Imaging 2+2—Gateway High School (Monroeville, Pa.);

Jacob Pasley—Medical Imaging 2+2—Hollidaysburg Area High School (Duncansville, Pa.);

Nathaniel Reiner—Information Technology—Shippensburg Area High School (Shippensburg, Pa.);

Amanda Schneider—Physical Therapy 4-3—Solanco High School (New Providence, Pa.);

Hannah Simpson—Biology/Pre-Health—Brookville Area High School (Brookville, Pa.);

Casey Young—Business Administration—Altoona Area High School (Altoona, Pa.); and

Makalah Zankey—Nursing 2+2—Windber Area High School (Windber, Pa.). 

 

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Mount Aloysius College To Host Dr. Timothy Shriver as Moral Choices Lecturer

CRESSON, Pa. April 1, 2015 – Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley has announced that the College’s Moral Choices and Honors Lecturer for Spring 2015 will be Dr. Timothy Shriver.  Dr. Timothy Shriver, author, essayist, educator, film producer, justice advocate and Chairman of the International Special Olympics, is the son of Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver –founders of the Peace Corps, Job Corps, Head Start, and the Special Olympics.  His recently published book is titled, “Fully Alive: Discovering What Really Matters.”  Shriver’s Mount Aloysius College lecture, scheduled for Thursday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. will bear the same title.  Dr. Shiver is the nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy. 

“Dr. Tim Shriver is a thought-leader, activist and theologian whose positive spirit serves to lift-up those who hear his message of hope and who are touched by his enthusiastic approach to life,” said Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley.  “As the Mount Aloysius College community continues to explore “The Good Life,” we expect his contributions to this yearlong discourse to offer us a unique vantage point.  Tim Shriver is a champion for people who are often forgotten, and the wisdom he finds in his interactions with them is invaluable.  We are excited to have Dr. Tim Shriver share those insights with the College and the southern Allegheny community and we are all looking forward to his visit.”         

Through his Chairmanship of Special Olympics, Dr. Shriver serves 4.4 million Special Olympics athletes and their families in 170 countries.  He has helped transform Special Olympics into a movement that focuses on acceptance, inclusion, and respect for individuals with intellectual disabilities in all corners of the globe. 

Since joining Special Olympics in 1996, Shriver has led the organization’s most ambitious growth agenda leading to the recruitment of millions of new athletes around the world.  He has worked with the leaders of China to initiate a thriving program in their country highlighted by the country’s hosting of 2007 Special Olympics World Games in Shanghai.   He has also worked with many world leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Bertie Ahern, and others to advance the growth of the Special Olympics mission and vision while challenging nations to adopt more supportive and just policies.  In addition, he has worked to garner more legislative attention and government support for issues of concern to the Special Olympics community, testifying several times before Congress.

As part of his passion for promoting the gifts of the forgotten, Shriver has harnessed the power of Hollywood to share the stories of inspiration and change, co-producing DreamWorks Studios’ 1997 release, “Amistad,” and Disney Studios’ 2000 release, “The Loretta Claiborne Story.”  He is Executive Producer of “The Ringer,” a Farrelly Brothers’ film, and “Front of the Class,” a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie.  He has produced or co-produced shows for ABC, TNT, and NBC networks, and made broadcast appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, CNN, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

Before joining Special Olympics, Shriver was and remains a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors in learning.  He co-founded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading research organization in the field of social and emotional learning.

Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master's degree in Religion and Religious Education from The Catholic University of America, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Connecticut.  He is the recipient of numerous honors, including honorary degrees from Loyola University, New England College, Albertus Magnus College, University of Connecticut, Niagara University, University of Illinois, and Villanova University; the Medal of the City of Athens, Greece; the Order de Manuel Amador Guerrera of the Republic of Panama; the Connecticut Citizen of the Year Award; the U.S. Surgeon General’s Medallion; the Lions Humanitarian Award, and the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award.  In 2011, he was recognized by The Huffington Post as one of the top 100 Game Changers.  He has authored articles in many leading publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Commonweal Magazine.

He and his wife, Linda Potter, reside in the Washington, D.C. area with their five children.

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Mount Aloysius President Foley Published in Vital Speeches

CRESSON, Pa. January 27, 2015 – The keynote address delivered by President Foley to the Cresson American Legion Post on Veterans Day was selected for inclusion in the prestigious journal Vital Speeches of the Day.  Vital Speeches publishes 120 speeches per year by thought-leaders from around the world.  President Foley’s address, “Veterans Day Remembrance: Of Soldiers and Dreamers,” appeared in an issue which contained 10 speeches, including recent remarks by President Barack Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, Australian Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson and the celebrated American writer, Ursula Le Guin.

Foley’s speech was delivered on Veteran’s Day and recounted the experiences of an uncle who was killed in the Second World War and reflected his own experiences as a volunteer in Belfast, Northern Ireland during its “Troubles.”

The kernel of President Foley’s talk was clear, timeless as war itself, and universal—“War is about winning and losing.  Someone wins and someone loses.  War is also about how even as we win, we are leaving behind—losing—something of ourselves.”  His remarks were published in the January 2015 Vol.1 issue of Vital Speeches of the Day.  

Mount Aloysius College President Foley is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Law School.  He serves on several local, regional and national boards, including Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation (ABCD), Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI), St. Xavier University, Chicago, and the NCAA Presidents Council and previously chaired eight statewide boards and commissions, including the Governor’s Task Force on Workforce Development, PennSERVE, and the State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation.  He was one of four Pennsylvania college presidents invited by the White House to their recent Conference on Higher Education.

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Mount Aloysius Honors Dr. Martin Luther King With Weeklong Activities

CRESSON, Pa. January 19, 2015 – Mount Aloysius College is commemorating the life of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. with a weeklong series of service activities conducted throughout the campus and the community.  This evening, a highlight of the week will be the choir “Essence of Joy,“ offering music from the African and African-American Traditions at 7:00 p.m. in historic Alumni Hall.  “Essence of Joy” is one of eight choral ensembles from the Penn State School of Music.  There is no charge for admission.

Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley noted that the school’s commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King is inclusive and community oriented.  “The College traditionally commemorates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with proactive service contributions to the community, and cultural events that reflect the unique contributions of African-Americans to our national tapestry.  Rather than a day-off,” said President Foley, “we opt, instead, for a week-on to offer students an opportunity to learn more about his pivotal place in American and global history, and to follow his example of selflessness.” 

To commemorate the week, the College’s Community Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship Center has coordinated a series of service activities that students are undertaking during the week.  These include writing and delivering cards to local hospice patients, writing and sending letters of thanks to US service personnel stationed overseas, mobilizing recycling efforts throughout the campus, organizing a community clothing drive and collecting funds to be donated to a local nonprofit service organization.  The series of service events is organized in a fun, competitive way among the Mount Aloysius College student groups.  The winning group will chose the non-profit beneficiary of the fund-drive.  

Various students groups are choosing to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy through a variety of service activities.  During the week, the College’s Student Activities office is offering students the opportunity to see the film “Selma” at local theaters.

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Mount Aloysius Students Institute "Change for Change"

CRESSON, Pa. – Sometimes just hearing a story can bring about a change and move people to action.  Recently some Mount Aloysius College students, hearing the story of a classmate whose family takes in foster children, were moved to make life a bit easier for similar local families.  The class, technically known as Connections - Section 36, is taught by Ms. Christine Koren, MBA.  “Hearing the story of one of our students who lives inside a foster family, her classmates wanted to help more foster families in our area,” she said. “They created “Change for Change,” raising money and collecting toys then donating them to Professional Family Care Services.  I’m really proud of them.”

Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley appreciates both the actions of the Mountie freshman and the story behind their motivation.  “Just two months into this academic year, it’s great to see freshmen grasping the ethos of the College,” he said.  “We frequently cite the `Mount Aloysius story’ to visitors, staff, students and even prospective students and their families.  In general terms, the Mount Aloysius story is about identifying a need, making a commitment, and then stepping forward to fill that need—be it personal, familial, regional or global.  I extend my congratulations to the students and faculty for reaching out and helping others.  Especially this time of year, we see this self-less impulse at work all over campus in so many ways.”

At Mount Aloysius College, the freshman Connections seminar is aimed focusing first year students on participating in the College’s community of thinkers and learners.  According to Dr. Michael Jones, coordinator of the Connections Seminars on campus, “The Mount Aloysius College Connections Seminar for freshmen delves into academic expectations, resources, values, and the 161-year old traditions of Mount Aloysius College.  Students are challenged,” added Dr. Jones, “to continue developing and recognizing their intellectual potential, understand their academic and moral responsibilities, and examine their rights and responsibilities as local, regional and global citizens.”

During the past two years over 25,000 hours of community service has been forthcoming from Mount Aloysius College students, faculty and staff. These efforts translate to over a half million dollars in value to the communities, not-for-profits and agencies helped by the College.  Each of the 100 student clubs on campus has a service component built right into their chapters, and this Mount Aloysius College “Connections” seminar, attended by all freshmen, instills the need and the expectation that MAC students give back to their communities.

Professional Family Care Services, headquartered in Johnstown, Pa., is a non-profit agency focused on child welfare services. They manage foster parenting and assist in adoption for children of all ages.     The agency also provides special needs support, called early Intervention, for little ones from birth through age three and operates this area's Early Head Start program.

Anyone wishing to contribute to “Change for Change” should contact the College at (814) 886-4131.

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Mount Aloysius Incoming Students Help Haiti

CRESSON, Pa. – The incoming class at Mount Aloysius College is likely the largest ever.  These students–who hail from 18 states, five foreign countries and three continents –also arrived with big hearts ready to help those in need.  Prior to arriving on the Cresson campus, the incoming Mount Aloysius College students collected an array of items destined to help needy Haitian children.  The students gathered needed items like underwear and socks for both boys and girls, hair ties and other toiletries for young girls, and lots of toys like balls, kites, and other small fun gifts for the children.   As the students arrived for Move-in Day their collected gifts were stacked at a receiving station in Cosgrave Hall.  This week the first shipment was loaded up and sent over to Sister Martha of the Carmelite Community of the Word in Loretto, Pa.  Once again, Sister Martha is assembling a tractor-trailer filled with items bound for Haiti later this fall.  During Orientation, MAC students attended “Leadership Through Service.”   Incoming Mount Aloysius students also worked on service projects for area school children, US service veterans, and the elderly.  Last year Mount Aloysius College students, faculty and staff and donated nearly 12,000 hours of service to various community projects, locally, regionally and internationally.

Shown here, from left, are: Elaine Grant, director of student activities at Mount Aloysius College; Caitlyn Spetzer, a nursing student from State College, Pa.; Claire Kirsch, a psychology major from Clymer, Pa., Chelsea Snelick, a Mount Aloysius nursing student from Brockway, Pa.; Chandler Rhoades, events and marketing specialist for Mount Aloysius; and Harold Ingram, a business major from Philadelphia, Pa.

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Anonymous $500,000 Gift to Mount Aloysius Will Memorialize Mercy Sister

CRESSON, Pa. – An anonymous benefactor with a long memory and a generous heart has donated $500,000 toward the renovation and re-purposing of the Mount Aloysius College’s former gymnasium–the Health and Fitness Center.   Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley noted that, other than a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this anonymous gift is the largest in the College’s current capital campaign.

“Everyone associated with Mount Aloysius College is extremely grateful for this gift,” said President Foley.  “The donor has directed us to memorialize the work of Sister Virginia “Ginny” Bertschi, RSM who worked shoulder-to-shoulder with then College President Sr. Mary Ann Dillon, RSM as her Administrative Senior Vice President.  Together with the College’s Board, they engineered the formulation and execution of a transformational Campus Master Plan.  The recent completion of the Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center marks the culmination of that Plan.”

President Foley noted that the scope of achievement by the Sisters Bertschi-Dillon team is remarkable and made an historic impact on the beautification of the 193-acre campus.  “Sister Ginny Bertschi with Sister Mary Ann Dillon oversaw the construction of two modern dormitories– McAuley Hall and Misciagna Residence– a 40 percent expansion of Cosgrave Center, the complete remodeling of the Nursing wing, the general beautification of the grounds–including the brick-framed entrance to the College, the funding of the brick walkways, and so many other improvements which protect the many architectural highlights of Old Main while integrating the modern campus that is Mount Aloysius College today.”

President Foley noted that Sister Virginia Bertschi was a remarkable administrative leader.  “By all accounts, Sister Ginny was smart, resilient and a tireless asset to Mount Aloysius College.  She embodied dynamic commonsense, and was a model of creative stewardship as, together with Sister Mary Ann Dillon and the rest of the College’s Board of Trustees, they sought new ways to advance the College.  It is the wish of this generous donor,” he said, “to memorialize her contributions to the College and to the community by naming this great student space, `The Sister Virginia Bertschi Center.’”

The Sister Virginia Bertschi Center occupies central space within the beautiful 193-acre Mount Aloysius College campus.  The building sits just off the central red-brick walking mall which connects the iconic Main Building westward toward the Library–adding access to Cosgrave Center and paths to two residence halls—Ihmsen and Misciagna along the way.

Plans for repurposing the multi-purpose facility call for student-centered spaces where commuter and residential students can relax, socialize, study, conduct meetings, enjoy games and manage the business of over 100 student clubs, teams and organizations on campus.  Kitchen facilities will allow students to enjoy snacks and will also give the College an additional venue for its growing roster of special events.

Anyone seeking additional information regarding support to Mount Aloysius College should contact Mrs. Jennifer Dubuque, vice president for institutional advancement at Mount Aloysius College.  She can be reached at (814) 886-6331 or by email at jdubuque@mtaloy.edu.

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